"Sometimes we'd double a track using an old Pro Co Rat, and then hard-pan the parts so that a super-distorted guitar was in the left channel and a grindy guitar was in the right. Then we'd sprinkle in lots of clean guitar overdubs," explains Foo Fighters guitarist Dave Grohl about the Pro Co RAT Distortion Pedal.more
Campbell himself mentions the Rat in this September 1999 "Spotlight on a Heartbreaker" interview from the official Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers website. > **24) Mark in GA asked: What kind of guitar, pick-ups, amps, any effects pedals, etc. did you use to get the sound for "Don't Come Around Here No More?"** > On "Don't Come Around Here No More" I used a gold top Les Paul through a rat distortion pedal with a boss octaver and a wah wah pedal through an Ampeg rocket amp.....also used a slide bottle. On pg. 5-6 of [this interview in *Tone Quest Report* Vol. 9 #5](http://www.tomguerra.com/images/TQRMar08_03_Proof.pdf), published March 2008, Mike Campbell states that "Don't Get Me Down" may have used the Rat: > Tom was playing my Strat and I was probably playing the Broadcaster through a Rat distortion, both through the Super Beatles.more
[This photo-article from MusicRadar/*Guitarist* magazine](http://www.musicradar.com/guitarist/manic-street-preachers-james-dean-bradfields-gear-280353) details all of the gear Bradfield used during the making of the Manic Street Preacher's 2010 album *Postcards From a Young Man.* The Rat is depicted in James' pedal collection.more
In this [Premier Guitar interview] (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21801-drone-alone-the-savage-soundscapes-of-sunn-o?page=3), Greg Anderson (speaking for himself and Stephen) states, "We have some other versions of RAT pedals and some modded Rats as well, but the main one on all the recordings is the original RAT with the 308. It’s the foundation of the front end of our sound before it hits the amp. I’ve used the pedal since the ’80s. I think I still have the same one I used back then."more
Bottom right corner of Brian Aubert's pedalboard, to the left of his Tube Screamer, it can be seen that he uses the Pro Co RAT distortion pedal. [This article](http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/37370/Pipx5Rm.png) taken from Silversun Pickups official website confirms that it's a 1980s Pro Co RAT.more
In this [Premier Guitar interview] (http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/21801-drone-alone-the-savage-soundscapes-of-sunn-o?page=3), Greg states, "We have some other versions of RAT pedals and some modded Rats as well, but the main one on all the recordings is the original RAT with the 308. It’s the foundation of the front end of our sound before it hits the amp. I’ve used the pedal since the ’80s. I think I still have the same one I used back then."more
This photo was taken in 2011 during Rosenwinkel's concert in The Charles Hotel in Boston. More photos can be seen [here.](https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsmaz1/sets/72157628179367269) In this particular pedalboard photo, one of the pedals that can be seen is the ProCo RAT distortion pedal.more
ThrashHead: Great. So what did you do differently when you worked with Burns again on 2005's Frozen In Time as opposed to your first four albums? DT: We never really changed our set up or thought patterns whenever we approach a studio. We still use the same gear literally, **Trevor [Peres] still plays a Fender Strat with a Marshall stack and a RAT pedal.** Same with my drumming, I've been on Yamahas since '87. So it didn't really change all that much with the Frozen In Time album, except I think we were a little more experienced when it came to executing the songs and getting them tracked quickly and properly. But the studio isn't really that much fun man, people always think it's so much fun to be on an album but it's really nerve racking. When the record light turns on it can really put on the pressure and make the experience not that much fun.more
"I play through a Rat Distortion Pedal that I keep on top of the amp and I don’t use on and off, I just dial it in and leave it like that. I like the Rat Pedal and I don’t know how to explain in distortion terms but the rate of the buzz, I like to have a lot of that. There’s something about the Rat is that it seems to make your tone very cold. So on the Blues DeVille amp I have the Bass set to 12 and the Treble is on 1. So the sound doesn’t come out particularly bass-y after going thru that pedal."more
The bass rig is Paul Barker’s. The head is a Traynor TS-200. I don’t know anything about the cabinets or speakers. They look homemade hand-crafted by artisanal loudspeaker cabinetiers. The black pedal is a Rat, which I’ve used forever. The purple pedal is a Red Snapper overdrive. I don’t know much about it. Duane bought it because Joe Barresi recommended it, and I was trying it out. I didn’t use it enough to form an opinion, but when Joe Barresi starts talking about pedals, you better listen up.more
"The noisemakers include a ProCo Rat, MXR Micro Amp, EQD Organizer, Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter, EQD Avalanche Run, TC Electronic Nova Delay, Boomergang III Phrase Sampler, and a Strymon Big Sky. His tuning is kept in check with a Boss TU-2 and everything comes alive thanks to a Voodoo Lab MONDO." [From Premier Guitar](https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/27745-rig-rundown-pelican)more
“I played acoustic for the first time – a J-200 on the intro and outro of ‘All Of This And Nothing’ – but my main guitar was a Music Man Sabre II. I put a Les Paul pickup in the neck and a Bill Lawrence in the bridge, and cranked it up through a baby Vox and a Pignose. Pedal-wise, I was using an MXR flanger, a Rat, a Roland Space Echo, delays and wah. I was always much more into effected-sounding lines than straight ones, and I used a lot of textures and volume pedal swells and some harmonics.”more
“Cuando empezamos con El Mató… no tenía guitarra y siempre pedía prestado un pedal de distorsión a la banda con quien compartíamos fecha o usaba la distorsión del equipo que estaba en el lugar. En el primer disco lo único que usamos fue distorsiones. Para Prenderte Fuego, y en algunas canciones que quedaron afuera, llegamos a enchufar cinco pedales de distorsión juntos: un OverDrive Boss, un Rat Pro Co, uno rebarato que teníamos dando vueltas y unos Dedalo –porque el chabón que nos grabó es el de los pedales Dedalo, que hasta sintió lástima y me regaló uno. El Rat, el Boss y el otro eran de amigos de Laptra.”more
In [this November 2017 interview with Guitars Exchange](http://guitarsexchange.com/en/unplugged/431/david-potts/), Pottsy explains his pedal setup. "I just use a very simple set of seven pedals in a chain." He says, "There is a tuner, a Sparkle Drive (Voodoo Lab), and then I’ve got this round (laughs) …this round thing… Exporia it’s called; a RAT ProCo, a chorus (Marshall Supervibe) and two delays (Boss DD-5 and a Shadow Echo by Dr. J.) – one for really going a bit daft and sound-effectsy, which is made by a company called Joyo based in Manchester, and then a short delay for the slapback stuff, because a lot of the Joy Division stuff had been put through a simulator."more
The stomps I use are a Pro Co Rat for aggressive, distortion/fuzz tones, a Strymon Flint for any reverb and tremolo needs, and an Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer for some warm saturation. Everything runs into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III. It’s as simple as they come—a single 12-inch speaker and 50 watts of pure volume and fury. I use a TC-Helicon VoiceLive Play for some reverb and delay on my vocals because you can never trust a sound guy [laughs]. At this point, I don’t think I’ll ever change my rig.”more
The handful of stomps that he relies on includes: Fulltone OCD, Fulltone Fat-Boost, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Fulltone Full-Drive 2, Pro Co RAT, Maxon Rotary Phaser, Dunlop Crybaby Wah, Line 6 Echo Park, TC Electronic G-Force. And for strings, picks, and accessories, he currently jams D'Addario EX115 (.010-.049), Rocktron MIDI Mate, Whirlwind Selector A/B, Sunrise acoustic pickup, K&K Pure Classic acoustic pickup, and Avalon U5.more
this is like the queen bee of buzzy distortion toys... it does a little of everything and it does it well. Sounds great through an AC30 too, which is a tough amp for most dirt boxes. Everyone should own a rat or something absed on the rat. I have this in a box of junk. It went in there when I had a long period where I didn't use many effects in line and now tis been replaced by the TC Nova Drive that ahs a rat in it. But I'll probably never get rid of the proco, I've had it forever. Everyone should buy one.
this pedal gives you the fuzz of Dave Gilmour, the hard grunge of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, as well as the 80's distortion of Nuno Bettencourt. Easy to dial in tones, and there are so many. Mine has been stomped hard and still no problems 20 years later.
It sounds so good. It's true you can get a great fuzz and distortion sound. I've also noticed that it's very compatible with chorus and reverb.
I may be biased, but I have never needed to buy, or do research for that matter, for any distortion or overdrive, fuzz, etc. You can literally get any sound you need from a Rat. What I love about this pedal is using it along with the volume knob, at really low volumes it has a whole different character. As you turn it up, the character changes and becomes something more, but just as intriguing. I have had mine since 1987, I bought it from a friend for $40. I have never played any other distortion in my signal path and I played top 40, metal, rock, blues, funk, 80's, 90's etc, using this pedal for all kinds of effects. The filter knob, this is the key, when you play a room and the reverb is drowning you out, just turn this know until the frequency cuts through the hoopla, I cannot convey how great it is to have that ability and fix it in 5 seconds with no soundman debates, or having to turn your rig up and then you look like an a**hole. If you don't have a Proco Rat, a Whiteface, vintage or reissue, my preference, then stop reading and go get one if you want to have any integrity as a guitarist. If you kick this pedal on, and there are any guitarists in the audience, oh they will come to see what is making you sound like a beast! believe me, it will happen as it has to me countless times. Good luck in acquiring one!
The Rat is one of those items that has been around for a long time. Many use it as a drive pedal but I prefer to use it slightly differently. For me it lives in front of the amp, with little to no drive. This just adds some hair and pushes the preamp tubes a little. I find it too fizzy as a drive pedal but as a dirty boost it's great.
I loved it when I've played it 12 years ago with my high school metal band but then it got broken in 2003 and I switched to Metal Zone. A tech fixed it for me this year, so after 13 years of gathering dust in my old room it's been resurrected and ready to rock.
Great distortion, spongy organic tone with no hiss. Works well on solid states but better on tubes. Can be powered by 9, 12 and 18v. More juice means more distortion. After trying 13 or so distortion pedals (no exaggeration) I tired this pedal for the first time at my local music store (they are always sold out). Upon engaging this pedal while playing a verse from 'Hooks in you" by Iron Maiden, My hair grew 100%, My chest hair billowed from beneath my shirt, and I was able to sing 3 octaves higher. I took it home and hooked it up to my 7 string, and was able to chug out the chunkiest riffs I have ever played. BUY. THIS. PEDAL
I Use this pedal to tastefully add some CHARGE to a Drums, Synth Leads and/or Synth Bass. Some extra saturation. On my guitar is drive it up and crank it. love Rat Pedals. However, If i want to get TUFF with my synths, go full distort. especially bass synth, i'll use some METAL DISTORTION like that "shitty" Joyo extreme metal pedal i have hahaha. I tell ya' thing kicks a lil ass with synths -- ok. lolol. for guitars, that joyo "Extreme" distortion is MEH!. Anyway on guitars if you rock This RAT, a proper guitar, and an amp head that goes to 11... shits going to scream. (and if you want to take it further a Maxon OD 808 infront of that Rat willl take you there, better rock that NS-2 while you're at it aswell baha)
I like this because it offers something different on my board though I don't use it frequently. Very useful for Floyd. Only gripe is the non standard power supply which needs an adapter
I wanted a tone that was very crunchy, but had the miss and low end that I needed, and this pedal delivered. Also sounds great with the volume on your guitar rolled off for a crunched clean tone.
Simply perfect. Love the versatility that you can get out from this pedal. Sweet mild overdriven/disorttion tone to sick ass fuzz! The only withdrawal about this pedal is a hit or miss. Tried bunch; some are very good and some are really bad. It can get too shrills, fizzy and thin at the top end. Nonetheless, easily favorite pedal off all time. Would recommend to check out Proco Rat 1985 original whiteface or reissue and Proco Rat 2 MIA (1990's). Else, go for Big Ear Woodcutter!